Man charged with sexual assault after woman attacked walking home in Jesmond

The attack happened in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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A man has been charged with sexual assault after a woman was attacked while walking home in Jesmond.

On 3.20am on Sunday 10 September, a 20-year-old woman was walking along St George’s Terrace, near Osborne Road when the offender was reported to have grabbed the woman before attempting to drag her to the ground.

However the woman was able to get away following a short struggle. The offender ran off.

St George’s Terrace in Jesmond (Google Maps)St George’s Terrace in Jesmond (Google Maps)
St George’s Terrace in Jesmond (Google Maps)

After a full investigation, Steven Donaghey, 22, from Walker has now been charged with sexual assault. He is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle today.

Detective Inspector Ben McIntosh, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was clearly a worrying incident and from the outset we have been determined to ensure the person found to have been responsible is brought to justice.

“I would like to thank the victim for her amazing bravery and for her cooperation throughout this difficult investigation.

“With a man now charged and due to appear in court, I would ask that everyone avoids any speculation – both on social media and out in the community – that could jeopardise the live legal proceedings.

“We will continue to carry out increased patrols in and around the area, and anyone with any concerns is encouraged to speak to us.”

Anyone with information, who has yet to come forward, is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20230910-0200.

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